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The Big Sad ()

Produced by

The Fox Den Collective and Top Gun Dance Theatre

Presented by

The Toronto Fringe Festival

Playwrights: Jessy Ardern and Carmen Osahor


St. Vladimir’s Theatre


July 7th, 2022 – July 17th, 2022


Alex is six when Grandma passes away. Shortly afterwards The Big Sad — a leaky green monster — shows up and starts wreaking havoc! Alex tries to hide The Big Sad, trap it in the closet, even trick it into being happy! But no matter what happens, it keeps coming back…

Help Alex learn how to look after their Big Sad in this fun and interactive show! (


Jessy Ardern Mom / Teacher / Jody
Ted Hambly The Big Sad
Carmen Osahor Alex

Creative Team

Jessy Ardern Playwright
Carmen Osahor Playwright
Taryn Dougall Designer


Liz Bragale Stage Manager
Sarah Feutl Producer
Emily Pople Substitute Stage Manager
Katherine Worley Classroom Consultant